Match Report: Spurs vs Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur fail to clinch the win as Chris Wood equalises in extra time. In some respects, you could argue that Burnley came to Wembley to get a point. They were set up so that the two main objectives of the day were to thwart Tottenham attacks and return threats via set-plays; and in that sense, job done. The first half saw the playbook in action. Burnley weathered a shower of Spurs attacks whilst managing to get a shot or two on target. Albeit nothing that Burnley produced seriously threatened the Spurs skipper. Although the Burnley bulwark shattered in the 49th minute when Dele Alli capitalised on a mishandled clearance from a corner. The England midfielder fired two between the goalposts of Tom Heaton, beating him with his second chance to give Spurs the 1-0 lead.
Tottenham turned up the heat following their opener, and Harry Kane seemed eager to score his 100th club goal, and Tottenham’s second of the game. However, this was not to be. Credit must go to Tom Heaton who denied both Kane and Alli from doubling the deficit. Chris Wood came off the Bench to save Burnley from walking away empty-handed. Spurs will be frustrated with the late goal, especially as their first Premier League win at Wembley stadium still alludes them.
Spurs vs Burnley Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 67,862
Starting Line-ups: Spurs vs Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembélé, Son, Alli, Eriksen, Kane
Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, Brady, Arfield, Vokes
“It was a difficult game, but in the end we knew we were capable of scoring, but you cannot show that lack of concentration at the end …That was our mistake. We need to take responsibility, it was our fault. Overall the performance was good, we created a lot of chances to kill the game.”
Man of the Match
Robbie Brady was awarded Man of the Match in Burnley’s valiant away performance at the National Stadium. The winger benefitted from a quick formation change which somewhat brought Brady into the game. It was his through ball to Chris Wood which created the opportunity for Burnley to bag a goal, and walk away from Wembley with a point.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Following the International Break scheduled for next week, Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Goodison Park on the 9th September for their next Premier League battle against Everton.